1. Modi's party top Indian state polls

  • Indian PM Modi's party, the BJP, set to win two key state elections.
  • BJP framed victory in Haryana and Maharashtra as vindication of Modi's leadership; 'just as people voted for him in the centre, they are looking for him in states too' (India Today).
  • Haryana and Maharashtra states hold 24 representative seats in India's upper house, which Modi wants to control (New York Times). 
  • Indian National Congress set to finish in third place in both states.